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Posted on: October 24, 2019

RELEASE: 19-095 - New data dashboard provides Lebanon citizens information

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CITY OF LEBANON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE

POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean

RELEASE: 19-095

VOICE: 417.991.2310

EMAIL: dgean@lebanonmo.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

New data dashboard provides Lebanon citizens information

 

The City of Lebanon website is now hosting a new dashboard designed to allow customers the opportunity to explore the data the City Council is using to establish goals for the City.

The City of Lebanon conducted a scientific DirectionFinder Survey administered by the ETC Institute in 2018. Council used the data from the survey in late to establish goals for future growth.

The top three issues customers indicated as priorities in the survey were traffic congestion and management in the City; maintenance of City streets, buildings and facilities and overall enforcement of City codes and ordinances.

In the last year the council has addressed each of these issues. Plans are underway to extend Van Buren to Springfield Road to create another option for locals to travel across Lebanon. The City also has worked with the Missouri Department of Transportation to "sync" the traffic signals in town, improving the flow of traffic along Jefferson.

The street department also recently completed the overlay of Evergreen Parkway and they have replaced many of the street signs in town.

In the area of code enforcement, council has authorized the expansion of codes enforcement staff. Codes administrator, Joe Berkich, expects to have issued approximately 650 nuisance letters by the end of 2019. In the previous two years, approximately 250 letters were issued.

"We want to assure our residents that we have heard their concerns and we are drafting policy to address those concerns and to continue to move Lebanon forward," said Mayor Jared Carr.

The dashboard allows people to search the results of the survey and see the demographics used to develop the data.

In December, the council will conduct a retreat to evaluate progress made in the last year and to set new goals for the upcoming year.

Another citizen survey will be conducted in 2020, and in coming months, the ETC Institute will administer a business survey conducted by the City of Lebanon, in partnership with Lebanon Regional Economic Development, Inc. and the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce. As new surveys are conducted, the data will be added to the dashboard.

To see the community survey dashboard, visit www.lebanonmissouri.org and click on "Community Survey."

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